Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Foreign: Key IS leader Adnani killed in Syria.

The chief strategist of the Islamic State group, whose calls for attacks against the West during Ramadan led to mass bloodshed, has been killed in Syria, IS-affiliated media say.

The Amaq news agency said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani died in Aleppo province.

The Pentagon said an air strike had targeted Adnani in the town of al Bab and the results were being assessed.

Dangote Plans 12,000 MW Power Generation In 2-Years

The hope for improved power supply in Nigeria is getting brighter with plans by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote’s company to generate about 12,000 megawatts of electricity for Africa’s most populous country by 2018.

There has been an increased despondence in the country due epileptic power supply to industries and other electricity users, including private individuals who spent millions of naira on independent generation.

Many firms are running on alternative power supply, raising cost of business, while some have closed shop because they could not sustain the additional cost spent on power generation.

ASUU Threatens Nationwide Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike to press home its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.

The ASUU Lagos Zone Coordinator, Prof. Olusoji Sowande, said this at a news conference yesterday in Lagos.

Sowande said that the union was planning to toe this part after several efforts to ensure that the government address the pending demands, proved abortive.

Why Facebook founder, Zuckerberg arrived Nigeria unannounced.

Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, yesterday, arrived Nigeria unannounced. The 32-year-old tech enterpreneur surprisingly made a sudden visit and inspection of activities at the Co-Creation Hub, Yaba Lagos. 

His arrival to Nigeria is not unconnected to the ‘Facebook for developers’ workshop’ for Nigerian engineers, product managers and partners holding today in Lagos. The event is expected to help the engineers build better applications and monetize them more effectively. 

Photo: Peter Okoye looks good at his job, #KiaAmbassador.

You all know Peter Okoye of P-Square is the brand ambassador for about four brands including KIA. He looks cool in the KIA ad picture above, he shared yesterday on his Instagram page.

While he looks good doing his job, the message is key- "EMBRACE YOUR PASSION, FOLLOW IT, DRIVE IT, LIVE IT! It works for KIA it will work for your brand.


Why Chibok Girls Protesters Were Stopped From Villa – IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday defended the recent decision of the force to stop the protest train of the #BringBackOurGirls group and the parents of the Chibok schoolgirls, who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April 2014, from getting to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Labbo, the IGP spoke at the 2016 International Day of the Disappeared/Missing Persons, held at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja.

Nigeria and UK sign MoU for the return of looted assets

Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government today Tuesday August 30th signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the modalities for the return of Nigerian looted assets. The move is a follow up to the agreement reached at the London anti-corruption summit in May.

Now you can call me papa somebody, comedian Akpororo says as he welcomes daughter

Comedian Akpororo welcomed his bundle of joy yesterday, a baby girl.

Congratulations to the couple!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Breaking: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos

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The world’s 7th richest man and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg quietly came into Nigeria today to see how Facebook works in Nigeria, how it can be improved and how it can support tech development in Africa.

He was at CC Hub in Yaba, Lagos State. More photos below:

Another militant group blow up oil facility in Delta state

An Urhobo militant group known as the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement, NDGJM, has blown up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in the state.

The group in a statement released and signed by its leader, “Gen” Aldo Agbalaja, said they carried out the attack on the oil facility at about 3am.

The group said they will also be launching “Operation Crocodile Tears” since the military had launched “Operation Crocodile Smile” to supposedly worsen the Niger Delta crisis. Read part of their statement below...

The suffering will be unbearable and Buhari forced out of power, prophesies by Eniga

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Eniga S. Akihonbhin, a Nigerian man who lives in Italy and is concerned about country’s problems, predicts disturbing future for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The man speaking through his Twitter account has said that All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should start looking for alternative to Buhari as the drawing board is showing red line. Akihonbhin further stated that what will happen to Nigeria’s economy in the next few months could force the president out of power. Read some of his tweets below: 

7-year-old girl dies after brutal torture from step mother in Kaduna [PHOTOS]

A tragic incident played out on Monday as a seven-year-old girl, simply identified as Zainab, was allegedly tortured to death by her step mother in Kaduna state.

While reports remain sketchy, DAILY POST gathered that the unnamed woman had been torturing the minor for quite some time.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was when the step mother beat her until she finally gave up the ghost.

Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed makes unannounced visit to government offices, sacks absent officials.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum conducted an unannounced inspection of some government offices and found out that some top employees were absent. According to local media reports, the inspection was to send a message. 

From the videos shared via Instagram, the Sheikh is seen casually moving around a deserted office with empty seats, picking up a book and flicking through it.

The next day, the retirement of nine members of Dubai Municipality's executive management, including directors and assistant director-generals in departments such as legal affairs and planning, was announced. 

Sheikh Mohammed reportedly thanked the nine retired officials for their service but said he wanted to allow a new generation of young leaders to take control and provide top-quality services to the public.

Wish this can be emulated in our civil service, we have civil servants who are more into their personal business than their national duty which they are paid for.

Should Buhari make such unannounced visit to our government offices? Please leave your opinion on this.

2019: Join a Political Party Now by Bobby Udoh

The famous Abraham Lincoln’s definition of democracy is: government of the people, by the people and for the people. This has been our longest democratic dispensation (17 years) since independence but there has been very little democratic growth.

We must get involved politically now and to do so, we must stop calling or seeing politics as a dirty game. A lot of decent people have vacated the political scene, leaving it to be dominated by people of questionable character. Yet, our political leadership at all levels, policies and national programmes for our development, are determined by politics.

Nigeria still ranked 152nd in 2016 Human Development Index by UNDP

Nigeria has been ranked 152nd in the 2016 report of the African Human Development Index, HDI, released by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend. 

Consequently, the country retained its 2014 status as there was no forward or backward shift from the computation. Nigeria’s HDI value for 2014, according to UNDP’s 2015 report, was 0.514 which put the country in the low human development category, positioning it at 152 of 188 countries. But between 2005 and 2014, Nigeria’s HDI value increased from 0.467 to 0.514, an increase of 10.1 percent or an average annual increase of about 1.07 percent. 

Kwara Uncovers 1,071 Illegal Employees In Civil Service

One thousand and seventy one illegal workers were uncovered in the employ of the Kwara State government, it was learnt yesterday. The government said it lost N400 million monthly to the illegal workers in the last few months.

Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Alhaji Musa Yeketi spoke at the book launch of the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Shehu AbdulGafar. Yeketi attributed the incident to dishonesty among civil servants, adding that appropriate actions were being taken against those culpable.

Actor Gene Wilder Dies At 83

Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder has died aged 83, his family have announced.

The Oscar-nominated actor died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, on Sunday following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his nephew said.

The American starred in hits Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein and was handed an Academy Award nomination for the latter.

He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1968 film The Producers.

May his soul rest in peace.

Photo: Can someone in her right mind walk on the street like this?

This is entirely not my business, don't show anything profane on my blog but just thought to put in a word on this one before it becomes a trendy fashion and the world goes gaga in it.

Hian ladies, this is insanity and please don't let Kylie, yes Kylie Jenner who's got nothing private about her body mislead you on this one. A word is enough to kick this butt ripped racy jeans out of your wardrobe FOREVER.

#WomenRespect. #DecencyRocks

Garba Shehu's reation on alleged FG plan to probe Emir of Kano Sanusi, Soludo.

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, has reacted to reports that the Federal government was planning to probe former CBN governors, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Chukwuma Soludo.

There were reports online over the weekend that the presidency was planning to probe the former CBN chiefs following their recent attacks on the economic policies implemented by this administration. Garba says the Presidency is unaware of such probe.

Moses, Mikel hit Eagles camp today

Chelsea duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are expected to join the rest of the Super Eagles squad today as they prepare to play Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations tie in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on September 3. 

Super Eagles duo, Victor Moses (l) and Obi Mikel Moses has been in fine form at Chelsea, while Mikel buoyed by his performance with the U-23 team at the Rio 2016 Olympics is looking to provide more leadership for the team. 

Oil Spilage: Akwa Ibom women threatens to protest naked against FG and gas company

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Women of Obotim Nsit community, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa-Ibom State have vowed to protest nude to summon the wrath of the gods against government and a gas company whose pipeline was blown up in the community by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, July 24, for allegedly abandoning them to their fate after the destructive incident. 

They claimed that the explosion caused extensive damage to all the houses in the village besides ruining their farmlands and other means of livelihood, only for the company, working for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which constructed the pipeline, to simply evacuate its equipment after the incident and leave. 

Sports Minister Dalung appeals to NFF to pay Siasia his money,

Youth and Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung has appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to pay the U-23 National team's Coach Samson Siasia. The Minister gave the charge when Siasia paid him a visit Monday in his office in Abuja. Siasia visited with his wife Sandra to thank the Minister for his support to the Dream Team from Atlanta to Rio where they won Bronze in the football event of the Rio Olympics and to officially inform him that his contract with the NFF has ended.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Nigeria’ll overcome present challenges — Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians must be prepared to protect and develop the country at all times. He said that the current challenges Nigerians were facing were transient as the country would definitely overcome them and urged Christians to continue to pray for the country. 

Jonathan stated this at the public presentation of a book entitled The History of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, his home town, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. According to him, the essence of history was to know how societies or clans evolved and emerged, adding that there was need to capture the spread of Christianity in communities in the Niger Delta. 

Photos: Nollywood actor Charles Novia and top Abuja bloggers at a social media hangout hosted by Jevinik Restaurant.

Jenny Chisom, Cynthia Anaele, Jecinta Keshy, Robert Philips, Fanen, Deka and myself Mercy Ebute were among top Abuja bloggers who stormed prestigious Jevinik restaurant on Saturday 28th August, 2016 for an exclusive social media hangout.

The brainstorming and fun event was hosted by one of Nigeria's best restaurant Jevinik who thrilled us to their sumptuous Nigerian meal. The#JevinikExperience is a story to be told, from the airy and beautiful ambiance, to the first class service provided by their well trained waiters, to the great taste and size of their meals. Everything speaks of excellence and home cooking. It's an experience worth having and trust me, you should experience it.

Away from food, another highlight of the event was a celebrity appearance by ace Nollywood actor/producer, Charles Novia. He is an extreme gentle man who is humble and dedicated to supporting the right cause. The entertainment guru is set to debut in Abuja soon following his relocation to the Federal capital and successful acquisition of a TV license. It was my utmost pleasure meeting him.

The Abuja social media hangout is set to be a monthly event which seeks to bring together, social media influencers and bloggers for the purpose of increasing influence and improving impact locally and globally. See more photos from the event after the cut..........

MTV Video Music Awards: Full List of Winners

MTV handed out its Video Music Awards on Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Beyonce topped the winners with a total of seven awards, surpassing Madonna for most VMA wins ever.

A full list of winners can be found below.

#MotivationalMonday- Eat That Frog!: 10 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

#MotivationalMonday will be re-branding on my blog to #MMM- MountainMovingMonday from next week. We all have so much fun at the weekend and never want the day to break when it's Sunday night. Hey dear the clock didn't stop, so waky waky! 

#MMM is geared towards motivating my readers into their best energy for the week. It features high profile motivational speakers from home and abroad. On today's episode we are taking a look at "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy a man who have written several bestsellers that gets you to do your most dreaded but most needful task. "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first" he said. Read 10 of his quotes that will move you from procrastinating to taking action and living the successful life of your dreams after the cut........

Power company officials attacked over prolonged power outage.

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Three officials of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, were attacked by some irate youths of Esa-Oke community in Obokun local government area of Osun State, over two days of power outage. 

According to sources, youths of the town, who were said to have been worried by the outage, attacked officials of the power company with machete inflicting various degrees of injuries on them. It was learned, that the youths, after chasing the officials out of their office in the town, later caught up with them near Owamiran of Esa Oke’s palace and beat them up, using dangerous weapons. 

So Sad: AIT veteran broadcaster Gbenga Aruleba loses 13 year old daughter.

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This is sad and heartbreaking. Veteran broadcaster, Gbenga Aruleba announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he lost his 13-year old daughter, Rereoluwa. 

Rereoluwa was born on August 27, 2003 and died yesterday, August 28, 2016 just a day after she clocked 13. May her soul rest in peace. So so sad! 

Red carpet photos from 2016 MTV

The MTV Video Music Awards is took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday. Several celebrities walked the red carpet, Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and her rapper boyfriend Meek Mill, model Heidi Klum, Jidenna, DJ Khaled, Lance Bass and a host of others. More photos after the cut...

N500bn poverty intervention fund: FG released only N20bn —SA

Only N20 billion of the N500 billion earmarked for social investments has been released by the Federal Government, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, has said. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Golu Timothy, yesterday. 

According to the statement, it is basically impossible for the N500 billion social intervention fund to be implemented as contained in the budget. The Special Adviser, at an interactive session, last Tuesday, had told the committee that only N20 billion of it had been released as at August. He said: “The Federal Government should implement the five components in phases as funds are mobilized for effective implementation. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Importance of Eating Healthy

We are created with a desire to eat . Therefore, your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore.

By taking steps to eat healthy, you’ll be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. As with physical activity, making small changes in your diet can go a long way, and it’s easier than you think. The risk factors for adult chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are increasingly seen in younger ages, often a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain. 

All I want is to die says 145year old man discovered in Indonesia, world's oldest ever.

Experts believe they have found a new world’s oldest man after documents emerged that appear to show Mbah Gotho to be 145 years old.

The record-breaking Indonesian would easily be the world’s oldest person ever - breezing past previous holder Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122.

Mr Gotho is said to have been born on 31 December 1870 - 31 years before the death of Queen Victoria.

Hon. Jibrin reveals why his first wife dumped him.

Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, the former Chairman of the House of Rep. Committee on Appropriation and currently in a budget scandal with the speaker and others shared the photo above with his first wife, explaining why she dumped him. See what he wrote below;

Well, even before I won election into the House thisday style found me and my 1st wife, the exceptional Laila worthy enough for their cover. I hope she forgives me for putting up her picture. She dumped me after I married the 2nd, Maryam

Naira crashes to N415/USD1, ban on banks lingers,

Amidst lingering dispute between Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and eight banks banned from participating in the inter-bank foreign exchange market, the local currency, Naira, has suffered further bashing, depreciating to N415/ USD1 yesterday in the parallel market, bringing total weekly loss to N20 per dollar. 

But the inter-bank market registered moderate stability as mid-day trading rate hovered at N315/ USD1 after depreciating to N316. The developments were coming against the inability of eight out of the nine banks banned from the interbank market failed to resolve the issues with the apex bank and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, over the weekend. 

Buhari have shown me love even though I am of the PDP - Cross Rivers Governor

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River yesterday said although he is a PDP member, he is in love with the style and ability of President Buhari.

“I am in love with the style and ability of President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of Nigerians. He does not see himself as a party leader but as father of the country. His efforts at streamlining the country’s resources, as well as tackling corruption drew me closer to him. Besides, he has shown me love even though I am of the PDP. He gives utmost and prompt attention to my requests”he said.

President Buhari arrives Kenya(photos)

President Buhari has arrived Nairobi, Kenya to attend the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi. He was received by Kenyan Minister of Interior Joseph Kniserry. More photos after the cut..

Friday, 26 August 2016

This Present Times in Nigeria by Bobby udoh

Read the article below:

FAAC shared N673bn among Federal, States and LGAs in January 2012 when Nigerians said no to subsidy removal.

In April 2016, FAAC shared N299bn among Federal, State and LGAs.

With pipeline vandalism to Chevron and Shell facilities, our production levels has dropped to the lowest level since 1994.

Yet, our salary bills has increased, expenditures increased, employment numbers increased, debt servicing bill increased, defense budget significantly increased due to war against terrorist in the North and economic saboteurs in the South, cost of fighting corruption has increased, etc.

MustRead: Lessons from Rio 2016 Olympics

The Rio 2016 Olympic games has come and gone. Nigeria’s athletes participated in many events but came home with a single bronze medal to show for it. The downward trajectory in Nigerian sports has been apparent for a while to anyone who has been paying attention. We haven’t won a gold medal since the technical gold we won at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and our overall medals haul peaked at six far back in 1996. It may seem like luck hasn’t smiled our way but the reality is that success at sports has little to do with luck but a lot more to do with science and long term planning.

First the science. There’s a certain randomness in the distribution of human features when we are born. Although we inherit genetics from our parents there are always anomalies. Some people are born with genes that make them tall. Others with variations that give them long arms, or fast twitch-muscle fibres, or extraordinary lung capacity. The first part of the science of winning is finding these people. The people with the natural potential to be better than the average, and finding them while they are young.

Ethiopian freight plane lands at Enugu Airport

Arthur Eze, Deputy governor Enugu State, Cecilia Ezeilo; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; captain of Ethiopian Cargo Airline, Captain Williams Williams, and his assistant, Daniel Bogale during the first landing of a cargo aircraft at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

Ethiopian Airline Boeing 757 cargo plane has made its maiden flight to Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Mikel’s father unhappy with FG

Pa Michael Obi, father of the national Under-23 team captain Mikel Obi, has expressed his disappointment over the treatment of the team after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Pa Obi said that he had expected his son to lead the team to the country to be given a rapturous welcome and a presidential reception, but lamented the majority of the players left for their clubs after beating Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match to win Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio Games.

Man who named dog Buhari regains freedom

The man, who named his dog ‘Buhari,’ Joachim Iroko, has been released after perfecting his bail conditions.

Iroko, who is more known as Joe, was released on Thursday, after he had spent three days in Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He had been arraigned on conduct likely to cause breach of the peace before an Ota Magistrate’s Court 2 on Monday.

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